Empty Building Refurbishment Ready to Let
When IAC Ltd. vacated its premises in Sunderland, the building needed to be prepared for new tenants. As a former automotive factory, the site had, of course, been exposed to heavy machinery, ongoing operations, and much wear and tear. The building owner knew that repairing damage and a clean, polished finish was necessary before placing the property back on the market.
Before work began on site, our client enlisted our team to create a digital mock-up. This visualisation, created using a photo of the building, allowed us to apply different colour schemes to the image for the client to envisage the finished facade. From this, they were able to choose the colour that would be best-suited to their property.
Once we had the go-ahead to begin work, our thoughts turned immediately to safe and secure ways to access all required areas of the building. We hired a scaffold access tower and handrail for edge protection on the apex sections of the roof, and came equipped with roof light protector covers to remove this fragile hazard safely. Finally, we hired Mewps for elevation works, including a large boom for rear elevation.
Our team at Cladding Coatings set to work, tackling a number of different challenges. Firstly, when we assessed the roof we’d discovered the problem of cut-edge corrosion. We treated this with one of our trusted systems Alltimes Advantage. This 15-year guarantee coating system was applied to all the cut-edge corrosion on the roof, which was comprised of six runs at 75m each. We also sealed bolts to prevent any risk of ongoing damage. We then cleaned the guttering using our new SpaceVac equipment. The SpaceVac is clean, safe and efficient and allowed us to remove the blockages from the gutter system that risked causing standing water damage.
Assessing the condition of the walls, it was apparent that several areas of the cladding required repair. Due to the nature of the facade, we were able to fold panels, or make bespoke as required, to get an exact matching profile. On the walls, windows and loading doors, we applied our ten-year coating system, Noxyde: a water-based paint with exceptional corrosion protection. This was applied in the client’s preferred non-metallic colour scheme to all vertical wall cladding, including the lid of the parapet capping (totalling approximately 1,654m2).
We then primed the windows, entrance door and loading doors and installed two coats of the Alkathane 7500 system. We applied this both internally and externally to the windows and entrance door to the front elevation, and also to four loading doors.
On inspection it became apparent that the gutters are plygene. We’ve therefore been able to use our expertise to suggest some other works to our client that will prevent the risk of exposure to the elements and secure the property’s roof and guttering. This includes cleaning gutters thoroughly, conducting a floor test following the completion of internal repair work, and to spot prime and seal every corroded bolt on the roof and parapet with a water-tight coating. We also suggested carrying out minor repairs to four elevations.
Six members of the Cladding Coatings team worked on the project at various stages, with start to completion taking approximately five weeks over summer 2019. We’re proud to receive our client’s feedback that the finish is amazing and looks brand new. As we understand, the building now once again has a let agreed.
Do you have a tenant vacating a building, and need to ensure it is safe, secure and professional for remarket? Ask our team at Cladding Coatings to you book your free site survey. Contact us